Dr. Wiedenhoeft joined the FNR faculty as Adjunct Assistant Professor in April 2012. Alex earned his Ph.D and M.S. degrees in the Botany Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is employed by and stationed at the US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI, where he has worked for over 17 years. His research interests include botanical wood anatomy, biocentric wood science, and forensic botany. He teaches workshops and short courses on wood identification around the country and around the world, and has published two multilingual manuals for tropical timber identification, as well as a number of book chapters and scientific articles. He is working with faculty in FNR on projects involving wood anatomical and machine vision characterization of figure in wood, and on phenotypic characterization of mutations affecting wood more broadly.
Areas of Focus
Improve the use and utility of wood as a material by understanding the biological bases for wood performance.